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vbStopForumSpam - known spammer lookup for new registrations
Mod Version: 0.61, by pedigree (Coder) pedigree is offline
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vB Version: 3.6.1 Rating: (180 votes - 4.84 average) Installs: 1984
Released: 18 Apr 2008 Last Update: 27 Jan 2010 Downloads: 6812
Not Supported DB Changes Uses Plugins Auto-Template Additional Files Translations External Content Is in Beta Stage  


This provides access to a RBL type system for forum admins, listing known spam IP / email / usernames. The RBL database is provided by You do NOT need an API key from the website in order to access the database. only to submit data if you should wish to do so.

At the point of user registration, the mod checks if the IP number / provided username / email addresses appear on a block list and can block the registration.

Whilst this isnt the most perfect way to stop all forum spam, its another step that spammers have to overcome.

VB4 here
Its the same code, it works in 3.54 to 4.0

What it does

It checks with a remote database of known forum spammers. Their IP number, email address and forum username are tested and based on your configuration, you can reject / log / accept user registrations based on what you get back.

This version doesnt have
- whitelisting or the ability to submit users to the database but it will within the next week.
- automatic user deletion / post / PM purging. There are good tools out there already, this does something else.

Instructions are included in the installation.txt file - PLEASE read it first and dont forget to actually upload the files in the upload folder, otherwise it WILL kill your registration progress and you wont see the log file options in admincp. You do not need to download the product-vbstopforumspam-3.54.xml file unless you are using a vBulletin version older than 3.6.0

Changes to vB
- 3 new database tables
- 2 database table alternations
- No new templates.
- 2 Hook (register_addmember_process & register_addmember_complete)

Ive tested it but had feedback that it works with versions as old as 3.6.2... Support should go back to older versions, as long as they have hook support for register_addmember_process / register_addmember_complete

Known to work - tested by me
- vBulletin 3.6.8 on Apache 2.2 / PHP 5.1.2 on Linux using cUrl
- vBulletin 3.7 Gold on Apache 2.0 / PHP 4.4.3 on Windows without cUrl (template changes wont work on 3.7 - thats in the next version with auto template changes)

For code to submit spammers to the database, check this post for code changes

Reported in the thread to work
- 3.6.1, 3.6.2, 3.6.9, 3.6.10, 3.7.0, 3.7.1, 3.7.2, 3.7.3, 3.74, 3.80, 3.81, 3.82, 3.83, 3.8.4, 4.0beta3

If you have 3.54, then you can use the product-vbstopforumspam-3.54.xml file attached instead of the one in the ZIP file, which will allow older vBulletin versions to access this mods' features. I personally havent tested this version, its a user contribution, thanks to Darrell Mobley, that changes the way the XML works when imported into older versions.

Installers should remember to refresh their ACP navigation window when they first install it so they can see the new log file menu item.


Future versions
- Automatic integration into vBulletin to add users to the database from a form
- Whitelisting of username / IP / email addresses
- AJAX integration to allow for lookups from within the users profile
- Decreased remote query count from three per user to one per user.

Versions / Changes

0.1 Initial Release

0.2 pedigrees special brew birthday release.
- Small security update. If you have 0.1 installed, download 0.2 and replace your existing functions_vbsfs.php with the one in the archive. It just tests to see if its running inside the VB framework before anything else. This is what happens when you code at 2am after drinking wine

- stopped it processing valid registrations twice
- moved all non-function code into the plugin. Not a big one as 0.2 basically did that
- fixed a typo in the log pruner that stopped it working (404)
- removed unused fields from the database for people with mysql that doesnt support varchar > 255 (ie mySQL4). If you have 0.2 installed and dont need to prune your logs just yet, you dont really need to install this version but can instead wait for 1.0 unless of a massive security update.

- logs registrations that arent/wouldnt be blocked
- fixed XML errors when username has a space it in
- tightened up the cache so that it doesnt test a username against an email name to give a bypass result (for when a username is an email address that isnt banned where the email address is)
- fixed some basic logic errors in the PHP

- Should work on PHP 4.4 now - rewrote the XML with PHP4 in mind (tested on Apache2.0/PHP 4.4.3)
- Fixed a caching system where data wasnt being updated correctly which could cause a remote query when one wasnt needed
- Possible false negative situation when a spammer was blocked due to being down who then visited again when it was up but within the cache expiry time
- Remote query failure when the result page isnt XML should work a bit better now. It does a very basic test for valid XML results.
- Fixed log purging (again) and it should actually work properly now.
- No longer requires PHP5
- The log viewer now links to a user profile when registration is allowed.

v0.61 - Removed a template change that was invalid vBulletin code. The package you download will still say its 0.60 however

NB : When upgrading from any version to 0.6, you must remove and then add the plugin due to changes in one of the database tables

You need to have an API key from in order to submit data, its free and easy to get... You DONT need an API key in order to use this mod however, only to submit spammer data.

Issues are
- The usergroup permissions / view details etc DONT work. I jumped the gun and put the permissions controls in there before I put the code in. Please delete the includes/xml/bitfield_vbstopforumspam.xml file and rebuild your postbit

- Follow the instructions in the zip file, that includes upload the correct folders
- ONLY download the 3.54 xml file if youre using a vbulletin version prior to 3.6.0. use this file to install the mod instead of the xml file in the zip file.

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Old 28 Apr 2008, 20:54
Simplicity Simplicity is offline
Join Date: Jul 2004
One thing that concerns me is what happens if the SFS is down, does the registration just timeout or is their an expiry on the db call which if no return is made from the SFS site registration continues regardless of username used?
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Old 29 Apr 2008, 10:54
pedigree pedigree is offline
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If the SFS website is down, the query will time out, adding about 10-20 seconds to the registration process but the script handles that.

You can configure the action to be taken if it times out, either allowing the registration or denying it with a configurable error, which defaults to something like "We verify new registrations against a database but its currently down, please try again later, sorry for the inconvenience"
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Old 29 Apr 2008, 15:15
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tpearl5 tpearl5 is offline
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Sounds interesting. Maybe I'll give it a try later.
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Old 04 May 2008, 21:52
pedigree pedigree is offline
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Well, its blocking between 2-10 registrations per day on my small site, so it does work as another annoyance for the spammers
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Old 15 May 2008, 00:52
lazytown lazytown is offline
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Great mod!

Quick question: Is the check for username/ip/email an "AND" check or an "OR" check? In other words, do all 3 have to match in order for someone to be blocked, or can any one match for a block? If it's an "OR" check, I probably will turn off username check as that could block a lot of potentially legit users.

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Old 15 May 2008, 01:56
lazytown lazytown is offline
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I installed this on 365 (which does have the needed hook). However, I tried registering myself more than once and it allowed me through after a relatively long wait. I did set the system to allow registration if there is a timeout/error. However, I don't see any record of the two attempts in the "vbStopForumSpam Logs".

Is the server still working with this? How can I test to make sure this plugin is still working and not just timing out every time?

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Old 16 May 2008, 01:03
lazytown lazytown is offline
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It appears to only log blocked accounts. I can verify that it is working with 365.. Now to test with 3.7!!

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Old 16 May 2008, 09:02
pedigree pedigree is offline
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I will have to look at the code when I get home tomorrow but it should log timeouts. Ill reverify this and if its not the case, then make sure it logs this. Ill add an option to log everything as well, all tests, all timeouts etc, this will tell people exactly whats going on.
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Old 19 May 2008, 11:13
lazytown lazytown is offline
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I have had at least 1 user report their friend could not register due to a fatal error.. This is using 3.6.5 w/vbseo

Errror below (some details changed to xxx)

Block Disabled:      (Update License Status)  
Suspended or Unlicensed Members Cannot View Code.

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Old 20 May 2008, 02:31
lazytown lazytown is offline
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Looks like the above error only occurs for usernames that have a SPACE in them... You can temporarily turn off the username check to avoid this for now (though a few extra spammers might get through).... A bug in the code somewhere?

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Old 20 May 2008, 15:11
pedigree pedigree is offline
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0.4 uploaded and it should fix this issue
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Last edited by pedigree; 21 May 2008 at 11:21.
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Old 21 May 2008, 14:23
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
Join Date: Sep 2007
First off, thank you. Great Mod.

A couple of responses to previous comments as well as a few suggestions.

Regrading not StopFormSpam not having a complete list of SPAM IP/Email/Names, this is a moving target and a service is only as good as the data that feeds it and the sources that generate that data. It seems like the more of us that use this plug in (with our API keys enabled) the more we build up the StopForumSpam database.

Regarding usage when SFS is offline, perhaps caching a copy of the IP CSV locally (refreshing once an hour (or other configurable threshold)
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Old 21 May 2008, 22:45
pedigree pedigree is offline
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I thought about caching the IP stuff locally. Im not sure if russ would appreciate an hourly download but a daily one might be viable. Ill look how I could add it to v1 It shouldnt be too hard as it caches IP data anyway.
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Old 22 May 2008, 00:46
KidCharlemane KidCharlemane is offline
Join Date: Apr 2003
Doesnt seem to work on 3.7 RC1.. just hangs up after you fill out the registration form.
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Old 22 May 2008, 01:08
skippybosco skippybosco is offline
Join Date: Sep 2007
Thanks pedigree, left it over at the SF Forum, but to echo it here:

Couple more suggestions:

1) Make the usernames in the VBStopForumSpam Log linkable to the user record so that when reviewing the log we can easily click to open that user and delete / ban

2) When adding the ability to "Add user to StopForum" I would love to see it in 2 places: a) the thread/post itself for deleting thread/post, deleting (or banning?) user and reporting to StopForum in one click b) the user drop down within a thread/post to delete and report user c) in the User record in Admin to select delete and report as a drop down option.

I had 10 or so slip by this morning and was looking high and low for the submit to SF option only to come back here and see it has not been added yet, doh!
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